Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM

Assistant Provost for Faculty Development

Emelia Benjamin
(617) 638-8968
Framingham Heart Study 73 Mt Wayte Ave

Biography

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, received her undergraduate degree at Harvard, her MD at Case Western Reserve University, and her Master’s in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University and is a clinical cardiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is author of over 500 peer-reviewed publications that focus on the on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of a variety of cardiovascular conditions and markers including atrial fibrillation, echocardiographic findings, vascular function and systemic inflammation. She is multi-Principal Investigator on 2RO1 grants [2R01HL092577 & 1R01HL128914]. Her grants examine the epidemiology, outcomes, and genetics of atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Benjamin has conducted research at the Framingham Study since 1988, and has served as Director of the Echocardiography and Vascular Function Laboratories and is a Member of the Executive Committee. She is Principal Investigator of the grant that recruited the second generation of the Framingham Study’s ethnic/racial minority cohort, the Omni Study.

In addition to her research, she is Assistant Provost for Faculty Development for Boston University Medical Campus, and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity, BU Department of Medicine. A committed mentor, she has won local and national awards for her mentoring of early career investigators.

She has volunteered for the American Heart Association since 1992, serving on a variety of local and national Committees. She is Past-Chair of the American Heart Association’s Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council and Study Section. She currently Chairs the American Heart Associations’ Epidemiology and Statistics Committee. Dr. Benjamin is a past Associate Editor for Circulation, past chartered member of the NIH Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Director, Echocardiography/Vascular Laboratory, Framingham Heart Study

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University, MD
  • Harvard College, AB
  • Harvard School of Public Health, SM/ScM

Classes Taught

Publications

  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Patel MS, Benjamin EJ, Volpp KG, Fox CS, Small DS, Massaro JM, Lee JJ, Hilbert V, Valentino M, Taylor DH, Manders ES, Mutalik K, Zhu J, Wang W, Murabito JM. Effect of a Game-Based Intervention Designed to Enhance Social Incentives to Increase Physical Activity Among Families: The BE FIT Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Nov 01; 177(11):1586-1593. PMID: 28973115.

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  • Published on 10/7/2017

    Fetterman JL, Liu C, Mitchell GF, Ramachandran VS, Benjamin EJ, Vita JA, Hamburg NM, Levy D. Relations of mitochondrial genetic variants to measures of vascular function. Mitochondrion. 2017 Oct 07. PMID: 28993255.

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  • Published on 10/1/2017

    Delling FN, Li X, Li S, Yang Q, Xanthakis V, Martinsson A, Andell P, Lehman BT, Osypiuk EW, Stantchev P, Zöller B, Benjamin EJ, Sundquist K, Vasan RS, Smith JG. Heritability of Mitral Regurgitation: Observations From the Framingham Heart Study and Swedish Population. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Oct; 10(5). PMID: 28993406.

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  • Published on 10/1/2017

    Willinger CM, Rong J, Tanriverdi K, Courchesne PL, Huan T, Wasserman GA, Lin H, Dupuis J, Joehanes R, Jones MR, Chen G, Benjamin EJ, O'Connor GT, Mizgerd JP, Freedman JE, Larson MG, Levy D. MicroRNA Signature of Cigarette Smoking and Evidence for a Putative Causal Role of MicroRNAs in Smoking-Related Inflammation and Target Organ Damage. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Oct; 10(5). PMID: 29030400.

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  • Published on 10/1/2017

    Tucker NR, Dolmatova EV, Lin H, Cooper RR, Ye J, Hucker WJ, Jameson HS, Parsons VA, Weng LC, Mills RW, Sinner MF, Imakaev M, Leyton-Mange J, Vlahakes G, Benjamin EJ, Lunetta KL, Lubitz SA, Mirny L, Milan DJ, Ellinor PT. Diminished PRRX1 Expression Is Associated With Increased Risk of Atrial Fibrillation and Shortening of the Cardiac Action Potential. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2017 Oct; 10(5). PMID: 28974514.

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  • Published on 9/22/2017

    Nishtala A, Piers RJ, Himali JJ, Beiser AS, Davis-Plourde KL, Saczynski JS, McManus DD, Benjamin EJ, Au R. Atrial fibrillation and cognitive decline in the Framingham Heart Study. Heart Rhythm. 2017 Sep 22. PMID: 28943482.

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  • Published on 9/20/2017

    Shah RV, Yeri AS, Murthy VL, Massaro JM, D'Agostino R, Freedman JE, Long MT, Fox CS, Das S, Benjamin EJ, Vasan RS, O'Donnell CJ, Hoffmann U. Association of Multiorgan Computed Tomographic Phenomap With Adverse Cardiovascular Health Outcomes: The Framingham Heart Study. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Sep 20. PMID: 28975197.

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  • Published on 9/12/2017

    Weng LC, Lunetta KL, Müller-Nurasyid M, Smith AV, Thériault S, Weeke PE, Barnard J, Bis JC, Lyytikäinen LP, Kleber ME, Martinsson A, Lin HJ, Rienstra M, Trompet S, Krijthe BP, Dörr M, Klarin D, Chasman DI, Sinner MF, Waldenberger M, Launer LJ, Harris TB, Soliman EZ, Alonso A, Paré G, Teixeira PL, Denny JC, Shoemaker MB, Van Wagoner DR, Smith JD, Psaty BM, Sotoodehnia N, Taylor KD, Kähönen M, Nikus K, Delgado GE, Melander O, Engström G, Yao J, Guo X, Christophersen IE, Ellinor PT, Geelhoed B, Verweij N, Macfarlane P, Ford I, Heeringa J, Franco OH, Uitterlinden AG, Völker U, Teumer A, Rose LM, Kääb S, Gudnason V, Arking DE, Conen D, Roden DM, Chung MK, Heckbert SR, Benjamin EJ, Lehtimäki T, März W, Smith JG, Rotter JI, van der Harst P, Jukema JW, Stricker BH, Felix SB, Albert CM, Lubitz SA. Genetic Interactions with Age, Sex, Body Mass Index, and Hypertension in Relation to Atrial Fibrillation: The AFGen Consortium. Sci Rep. 2017 Sep 12; 7(1):11303. PMID: 28900195.

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  • Published on 9/9/2017

    Vasan RS, Xanthakis V, Lyass A, Andersson C, Tsao C, Cheng S, Aragam J, Benjamin EJ, Larson MG. Epidemiology of Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction and Heart Failure in the Framingham Study: An Echocardiographic Study Over 3 Decades. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Sep 09. PMID: 28917679.

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  • Published on 8/31/2017

    Parker KG, Lirette ST, Deardorff DS, Bielak LF, Peyser PA, Carr JJ, Terry JG, Fornage M, Benjamin EJ, Turner ST, Mosley TH, Griswold ME, Windham BG. Relationships of Clinical and Computed Tomography-Imaged Adiposity with Cognition in Middle-Aged and Older African Americans. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Aug 31. PMID: 28958070.

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